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    Housing Benefit

    moneyHow much Housing Benefit can I get?

    You can claim Housing Benefit if you are a private tenant, council tenant, housing association tenant, a Crown Tenant being charged Mesne Profits, damages to trespass or a sub-tenant or lodger.

    The amount you will receive will be based on your income and circumstances.

    If you get Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Guarantee element of Pension Credit you will get the full amount of your Eligible Rent as benefit after any non-dependant deductions have been taken off.

    If you do not get Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income- Based) or Guarantee element of Pension Credit, we will work out your Housing Benefit by comparing the money you get each week with your 'applicable amount'.

    Your applicable amount is the amount of money the Government says you (and your partner and dependant children, if they live with you) need to live on. It is made up of a personal allowance for you and your partner, allowances for dependant children, and extra amounts (usually called "Premiums") for disability, age, single parents and families.

    If the money you get each week is less than, or the same as your applicable amount, you will get the full amount of eligible Housing Benefit.

    You cannot get Housing Benefit if:-

    • You (or your partner) have savings or capital of £16,000 or more, unless this includes one or more of the special payments made to people who were imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II or worked as slaves and forced labourers under the Nazi regime during World War II or you are in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee.
    • You pay rent to a close relative who lives in the same home as you.
    • You own the place where you live.
    • Most full-time students who live alone cannot claim Housing Benefit.  But you may be able to claim if your partner is a full-time student and you are not. Please also see the section What if I am a Student?

    Housing Benefit does not cover the cost of certain service charges which may be included in the rent e.g. water rates, warden service charge or alarm system.  If you wish to make a claim for Housing Benefit please refer to the section on 'Applying for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit'.

    If you have been awarded Housing Benefit, but it is less than your eligible rent, and you are in financial difficulty, you may be entitled to some extra help by making a claim for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

    Help with your rent

    If you are the tenant of a housing association we will normally base your Housing Benefit entitlement on the rent that you are charged (apart from services that are not covered by Housing Benefit for example water rates, warden service charge or alarm system).

    Housing Benefit will be awarded for as long as entitlement remains. From time to time we will need to confirm certain details of your claim and we will contact you where this is necessary or we may visit you.

    If you are a private tenant and you have made a new claim, changed your address or have a break in your benefit entitlement of more than one week on or after the 7 April 2008 your new claim for benefit will be subject to the Local Housing Allowance rules. 

    If you are not sure whether you might qualify for Housing Benefit why not try our Benefits Calculator, alternatively you can contact the Benefits Section for further information, by e-mailing the Benefits Section at benefits@easthants.gov.uk .

    Please quote the following information in your e-mail:

    You and your partners (if applicable) full name
    The full postal address of the property you wish to claim for
    A contact telephone number although not a requirement would be useful should we need to contact you direct
    You must still pay your Rent while you are waiting for a claim for Housing Benefit to be processed.

    If you do not agree with the decision that has been made on your claim please refer to our leaflet ' What do I do if I disagree with the Council’s decision about my benefit?'.

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